Guitars, fiddles, and vocals will be ringing from the rafters in one of the oldest barns west of the Allegheny Mountains on July 28 and 29 as more than a dozen groups perform at the In Harmony Heritage Music Festival. This first annual festival is sponsored by the Harmony Museum and will bring old-time heritage music to historic buildings in and around Harmony, Pa.
Headlining Friday night’s concert is the popular Pittsburgh group the Allegheny Drifters, singing Appalachian-inspired music.
Saturday’s headline group is the exciting Cello Fury, bringing high energy and new perspectives to heritage music.
Other performers at the festival include:
-The Hill and the Rivers
-Old Song Rescue Society
-Pittsburgh Historic Music Society Orchestra
-Snappin’ Bug String Band
-Sarah Sternaka and Devin Sherman
-“Gertrude Rapp” and the Silk House Singers
-Pittsburgh Banjo Club
-The Wayward Companions
Weekend passes are just $10 and cover festival admission to all concerts, both days. Harmony Museum members, seniors and youth get admission for $7. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door, and starting June 20 though EventBrite.com. More information is at InHarmonyFestival.com.
Performances will take place at the 1805 Harmonist Barn at 303 Mercer Road, and the nearby Mennonite Meetinghouse on Wise Road. Last year the Meetinghouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The two venues are connected by the Harmony walking trail.
The festival will also showcase local talents. Students from Seneca Valley High School, McPharlin Music Shop, and Lazier's Harmony Music Studios will perform. Plus, a beer garten will feature local brewers North Country Brewing, Harmony and ShuBrew, Zelienople. Food and other vendors will be set up near the Harmonist Barn just north of Harmony Borough.
Harmony is located on I-79 exits 87-88, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh and 30 miles south of I-80.